Monday, March 28, 2011

Drifting away

The writer of so-called "Hebrews" says that in the early days God spoke through the prophets but "in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb 1:1,2).

He continues: "For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard so that we do not drift away from it" (Heb 2:1)

For what reason?

The reason that God has now sent His Son to speak to us. "Ignore Him at your peril" the writer is basically saying:

"How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?" (Heb 2:3).

How indeed. The implied answer is "we won't".

There are a number of important lessons here:

Firstly, that its POSSIBLE for Christians to lose what they have. So much for "once saved, always saved" according to this passage!

Secondly, notice that this perilous state is arrived at GRADUALLY. We "drift" away. The trouble with drifting is you often don't notice its happening until you're in serious strife.

Thirdly, notice the cure for the problem: "We must pay much closer attention to what we have heard [so that we do not drift away]"

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Apollos - the right attitude to learning

I like Apollos. Would that we were all like him when presented with our shortcomings. When the gap in his knowledge was pointed out he embraced it, made the necessary changes and continued on (Acts18:24-28). No digging in to "save face" here. This was a man whose love of the truth was bigger than his ego.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Zealous but lost

The scriptures make it clear that its possible to be zealous for God but lost nonetheless.

Paul wrote of his countrymen:

"My heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation, for I testify about them that they have a zeal for God but not in accordance with knowledge" (Romans 10:1,2).

Did you notice that? Paul's desire for them was that they be saved. Obviously they weren't - even though their zeal for God was unquestioned.

Consider what Jesus said in reference to the judgment day:

"Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them 'I never knew you, depart from Me you who practice lawlessness'" (Matthew 7:22,23)

Again, plenty of zeal but lost.

The answer?

What Jesus said earlier in Matthew 7:

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 7:21)

So its actually doing the will of God that gets you into heaven according to Jesus, not just believing you are. But to do the will of the Father you have to know the will of the Father. Study the New Testament yourself - carefully. Don't just take men's word for what it says (including mine!). There's eternal life at stake.